Overview – Welcome to TRA2020 and Helsinki

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About Transport Research Arena

Transport Research Arena (TRA) is the foremost European transport event that covers all transport modes and all aspects of mobility. TRA offers a great venue for researchers, policy makers and industry representatives to get together and contribute to the discussion on how research and innovation can re-shape the transport and mobility system. The conference provides a unique opportunity to hear about mobility trends in different parts of Europe, learn from achievements in industry as well as share best practices of policies and deployments.

The eighth edition of TRA will take place in Helsinki, Finland in 2020

The next edition of this biennial event will be held in Helsinki on the 27-30 of April in 2020. TRA2020 is organised and hosted by the Finnish Ministry of Transport and Communications, Finnish Transport and Communications Agency, Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency and co-organised with the European Commission. TRA attendees will also get to know about Finland’s silo-breaking re-regulation of the entire transport sector that enables trials, pilots and nnovation actions.

Under the theme “Rethinking transport – towards clean and inclusive mobility” the TRA2020 will concentrate on the imperative transformation, which transport, as we know it, is undergoing. This transformation concerns every single aspect of the mobility of passengers and goods. It starts from the way we book our journeys and goes all the way to the value proposition of transport infrastructures. This transformation is enabled and fuelled by digital and automation technologies, helping us to forge measures to mitigate climate change and to safeguard European jobs and know-how.

TRA2020 offers an excellent opportunity to rethink, together, how to navigate amidst technological disruptions, making the best use of them, and respond to the increasingly diverse and challenging demands. Some of the prime questions specifically addressed are the following:
 
• We all want to mitigate the climate change. The transport sector has a paramount role to play in ensuring the most effective responses both in the short and long term.
 
• We want to see physical infrastructure from a new angle; as an asset topped up with usable data and providing a platform for new services and applications. We also must redefine lifecycle management as more sustainable asset management.
 
• Users of mobility systems need to be put at the core. We also need to offer more flexible, inclusive and innovative mobility solutions.
 
• Last but not least, as transport research contributes to the policy making at national and European levels, we need to grasp the moment to carry forward the achievements from research and innovation to informed and sustainable decisions, and investments in better services and products.
 

The permanent committees of TRA

Three permanent committees of TRA – Management Committee, Programme Committee and Organising Committee – ensure the success of Transport Research Arena conferences.

The Management Committee (MC) takes the overall responsibility of the TRA as a body of representative organisations that include: the European Technology Platforms, the European Commission, the research community and the authorities, and the current, previous and future host countries. Mr. Janne Huhtamäki from the Finnish Transport and Communications Agency Traficom chairs the TRA MC 6/2018 – 6/2020. The full list of MC members can be found here. 

The Programme Committee (PC) is responsible for the TRA’s program and its scientific and technical content and quality. Its composition reflects the multi-modal approach of the TRA, with a fair representation of the sectors and modes of transport. Dr. Pekka Leviäkangas from the VTT Technical Research Centre Ltd chairs the TRA PC 6/208 – 6/2020. The full list of PC members can be found here.

The Organising Committee (OC) is responsible for the daily operation and communication of the TRA and all practical arrangements, including the commercial exhibition. Dr. Heidi Korhonen from the VTT Technical Research Centre Ltd chairs the TRA OC 6/208 – 6/2020. The full list of OC members can be found here.

Check out the previous TRA- conferences here: https://2018.traconference.eu/

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Janne Huhtamäki

TRA Management Committee, Chair

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Dr. Pekka Leviäkangas

TRA Programme Committee, Chair

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Dr. Heidi Korhonen

TRA Organising Committee, Chair